IPDC Ogroj: Dr. Atiur Rahman’s discusses his journey to excellence in academics and governance
Dr Atiur Rahman was the guest of honor on the 14th episode of IPDC Ogroj. He spoke about his life growing up, his journey to obtaining higher education, his dedication to digitizing and revolutionizing our country’s banking process from a central role. The session was moderated by revered banker Anis A. Khan.
Dr Atiur Rahman was on 10e Governor of the Bank of Bangladesh. He is a world renowned economist with several publications and articles attached to his name. He has been involved in various national and international projects that have helped people eradicate poverty, especially women in rural communities. He has publications that cover multiple topics, from war and economics to society and social development. He also received the “Central Bank of the Year 2015” award from the Asia-Pacific region, in recognition of his achievements in supporting lending to farmers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) without compromising growth and stability. macroeconomics, by the London- based on Financial Times-owned magazine The Banker.
Born on December 13, 1953, this iconic figure is currently a professor in the Department of Development Studies at Dhaka University. He was named “Bangabandhu Chair” by the Dhaka University Union on November 1st.st, 2019.
He spoke of his small beginnings, of a guy from a small village entering Dhaka University through hard work and sheer determination.
“I had never even been to a real city before, let alone live there. When I entered Mirzapur Cadet College in Mymanshingh, I was a little stunned at first, as it was a completely different scenario than this. what I was used to. He was a melting pot of different cultures, origins and people. Nevertheless, with the help of my teachers there, who were the guiding lights of my path, I was able to persevere at university with outstanding results and I was fortunate enough to study at Dhaka University. They are the ones who taught me to face challenges head-on. “
He spoke briefly about his father, how he inspired and supported him in his quest for always better. His mother, his uncle, a local high school teacher, who taught him English and especially his wife, who is the pillar of his life. He explained that he had learned so much from his wife, Professor Shahana Rahman, vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Medical University and professor of pediatrics, and how brave and principled she was. He also spoke about his three wonderful daughters and how they helped him become a better person every day and how their names were inspired by the writings of Rabindranath Tagore.
He also spoke about his journey throughout university life. How his love for writing and research started there while writing for various local newspapers and also working as an editorial assistant at a newspaper called Daily People. After graduating, he started working as a planning officer at the Tourism Corporation to support his family and complete his master’s degree.
“I would go out with a tie in my pocket, I would put this tie on my way to work, I would work until 2:30 p.m. and then I would take the scheduled classes in the evening. I would collect notes from my friends from morning classes that I couldn’t attend. By the grace of the Almighty I finished my masters and went abroad on a scholarship to continue my studies. “
After making notable stints in several national banks and various social organizations, he was named 10e Governor of the Bank of Bangladesh. As soon as he got to the line of work, he knew it was time to completely change the structure of the banking system and began to modernize and digitize it. He also took the initiative to move to online banking, which made transactions even smoother and more efficient, and established the Bangladesh Automated Clearing House. The foreign exchange reserve hit a record $ 32 billion at the end of his term in 2016. He also prompted banks to focus heavily on CSR activities, green banking, providing small loans to women. entrepreneurs and climate change. Due to its regulation, banks invest heavily in CSR activities, which in turn help society in general.
When asked about his hobby, he said that his favorite thing to pass the time is writing, and that it is also obligatory to read a lot if one is to write correctly. He also watches historical shows to enrich his knowledge and participate in more conversations and research with his beloved students.
The segment ended with him, imploring the youth of our nation to love their nation and focus on us to bring us further on the global pedestal.
“We do not belong to the country in which he was born. You have to know your country, its people, its culture and love every inch of it. You must come together as a nation, whatever your differences, and work to get our country to new heights. Studying properly is one of the greatest weapons in achieving success. Those of you who are becoming entrepreneurs, keep going. trying is what matters most. “
IPDC Finance Ltd presents Ogroj takes place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. every first and third Thursday of the month. Guests from previous episodes include former Finance Secretary Matiul Islam, CPD Founder-Chairman Prof. Rehman Sobhan, Adcomm Limited Chairman Geeteara Safiya Chowdhury, Former Finance Minister AMA Muhith, Former Governor from Bangladesh Bank, Dr Farashuddin Ahmed, Chairman of ACI Limited, Mr Anis Ud Dowla. , novelist Selina Hossain, former finance minister M Syeduzzaman, president of MediaWorld Limited Rokia Afzal Rahman, composer Shujeyo Shyam and playwright Ramendu Majumdar.